And so begins my new weekly posting schedule. As detailed in my last post, I won’t have much time for social media and photography going forward, so my new plan is to upload photos and blog on Saturdays, and post on Instagram and Twitter when I feel like it, rather than trying to stick to some kind of daily schedule.
One thing I didn’t mention in my last post is that I am barely shooting any film at the moment. Today, I briefly took my FM out for a spin, to make sure it got a little exercise – the worst thing you can do to a camera is to leave it on a shelf for months on end without using it – but that was the first time in probably a month.
Whilst I enjoyed using my FM again, I also missed being able to review the images, so I hadn’t shot the whole roll before I decided to put the FM away and started using my Pixel 2 instead. Honestly, this phone has the best smartphone camera I’ve ever used, and together with my Panasonic Lumix GX7, Olympus 15mm body cap lens, and Helios 58mm lens, I have the best photography arsenal EVER!
Here are my favourite Pixel 2 images from today:
They were all edited with VSCO. I used the C1 preset then made some adjustments to the white balance and applied a little sharpening. Very pleased with how they came out.
As some of you may know, I have been on a seemingly never-ending quest to simplify things in my photographic life – hence my infamous camera cull – and despite my recent obsession with film photography, I’ve come to realise that digital photography encapsulates the minimalistic workflow I’ve been eager for (duh!).
I don’t need to fuss around with different films to get the look I want, there’s no waiting around involved, there are no chemicals for me to properly store and measure, there’s no lab that might ruin my images. It’s just me, a digital sensor, a handful of lenses, and an app on my smartphone for the photo-editing. When shooting with my GX7, the workflow couldn’t be simpler; I just transfer the photos to my phone using the WiFi feature, and then edit away! And of course this makes it so much easier to share images too.
None of this is new to me nor to you, and I don’t know why I’ve suddenly come to this realisation; perhaps I can blame my recent sporadic use of social media? A haze has been lifted and I’m no longer being blinded by the constant parade of classic film cameras (so beautiful though!), and photos taken with different film stocks. I feel more focused.
Photography needs to be easy and stress-free for me at this time in my life. I want instant feedback and results. The digital medium fits these needs perfectly, but that’s not to say I am doing away completely with film. I’m still keeping my FM and 50mm f2 Nikkor-H lens and the bag of film in my fridge for those (perhaps increasingly rare?) times that I feel like going analogue. I still love Portra, Ektar, Superia, FP4, and Fomapan 🙂
Yes this is a far cry from my film photography love affair…. I guess I’ve gone full circle!
Thanks for reading! 🙂